ROCK HILL, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in the series finale to Winthrop on Thursday night, dropping a 9-0 decision to the Eagles at Terry Field.
The Buccaneers picked up 4-2 and 5-1 victories on Wednesday evening against the Eagles to take the 2-1 series victory over Winthrop, before falling in the finale. Charleston Southern moves to 13-14-1 overall on the season following the loss, while Winthrop improves to 12-12 with the victory.
Morgan Dowdy (1-3) suffered the loss for the Buccaneers, getting chased after one inning's action in allowing five runs (one earned) in the contest. Cheyenne Gandara and Lauren Darden closed out the game inside the circle, allowing a combined five hits and four runs, while striking out two over the final three innings.
Sara Allen (4-5) picked up the complete game win, allowing two hits and striking out four in the victory for the Eagles, who open up Big South play with a 1-2 record in conference action.
Winthrop took advantage of a CSU error to keep the first inning alive and the Eagles pushed across five runs in the bottom of the first to take control of the game early. Alex White opened the scoring with an RBI single, but Dowdy looked to escape the frame before a Buccaneer error loaded the bases with two outs in the frame. Maddie Antone followed with a two-run single and Paige Haley cleared the bases with a double to right field to put the Eagles ahead 5-0 after the first inning.
The Eagles closed out the scoring in the bottom of the third inning, pushing across four runs on Gandara to put the margin at 9-0. Zharne Glover, Megan Winningham and White all recorded RBI in the inning, while Haley scored on a CSU throwing error to cap off the offense in the game.
Lexie Vanada and Stevi Johnson had the two hits for the Bucs in the game with Venada and Johnson hitting back-to-back two-out singles in the top of the fourth, but CSU was unable to take advantage as Stephanie Bergmann's line drive was snapped by the WU third baseman.
Charleston Southern returns home this weekend as the Buccaneers remain in Big South Conference play, hosting Longwood University in a three-game series. First pitch in Saturday's doubleheader between the Bucs and the Lancers is set for 1 p.m., while CSU and Longwood close out the weekend with a 1 p.m. start time on Sunday afternoon.